Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [17/09/2018]

Featured image: Attendees at a Startup Grind Cape Town event in January ( Startup Grind Cape Town via Facebok)
Featured image: Attendees at a Startup Grind Cape Town event in January ( Startup Grind Cape Town via Facebok)

What is the true meaning of financial inclusion and is innovation really making a difference? If you’re in Joburg you’ll want to attend an Emerging Payments Association debate on this topic this Thursday (20 September).

For those in Cape Town, join the MEST Africa team tomorrow at the MEST Incubator in Woodstock as they share their experience working with entrepreneurs from across the continent.

In Abuja, Nigeria on Thursday (20 September), a panel of experts and thought leaders will discuss the role of innovation in improving Nigeria’s health system at a health innovation thought leadership talk session to be held at Civic Innovation Lab.

If you’re in Kenya, you won’t want to miss the Innovating Justice Conference on Friday (21 November). The conference is one of six global gatherings — another will take place in Lagos, Nigeria on the same day — that will bring together entrepreneurs, academia, corporates and others to discuss and showcase innovations improving access to justice.

This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup events, competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences in Africa.

If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or next week’s, please let us know in the comments below or send us an email.

Not all of the events are free and some will require booking in advance. Please click on the event names to find out more information.

Cape Town

Lean (startup) coffee

For those working in startups, Lean (startup) coffee is a weekly one-hour coffee meetup that runs a mashup of with

Date: 19 September, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town

MEST Africa Information Session

Do you aspire to build your own Pan-African software company? Do you want to learn more about how you can join one of the largest pan-African tech incubators?

Join the MEST Africa team at the MEST Incubator Cape Town, as they share their experience working with entrepreneurs from across the continent.

Date: 18 September, 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Location: MEST Incubator Cape Town, Albert Road, Cape Town


Financial inclusion hot topic briefing

Join this debate hosted by the Emerging Payments Association on the true meaning of financial inclusion and the role of emerging payments technology.

Date: 20 September, 2pm to 5pm
Location: Open, 4th Floor, the Main Change Building, 20 Kruger St, City and Suburban, Johannesburg

H&M Foundation Hackathon

The H&M Foundation, in partnership with Accenture, will be hosting a half day hackathon to assist and facilitate potential applicants to enter groundbreaking circular fashion ideas for the 2019 Global Change Award.

Date: 20 September, TBD
Location: TBD


Cotonou Blockchain Meetup

The Cotonou Blockchain Meetup will highlight the major legislative, societal and economic issues arising from the development of blockchain.

Date: 22 September, 9am to 12pm
Location: EtriLabs, Cotonou, Littoral


Cairo Startup Ideation Bootcamp

If you have an idea for a startup that could use some refinement, then join this event. In just three hours, this intensive workshop will help you improve your idea, come up with new ideas and even recruit potential co-founders.

Date: 17 September, 6.30pm to 9pm
Location: IWAN clubhouse, Jeera Compound, Sheikh Zayed, Giza, Cairo


Lioness Lean In Breakfast Series

The Lioness Lean In Breakfast Series brings together inspirational African women entrepreneurs to share, inspire and connect with the next generation of great women-led startups.

Date: 20 September, 8am to 12pm
Location: Standard Bank Incubator, Sports Street, No. 119, 1st Floor, Maputo


Women in Tech Week (WiTW) Lagos

As part of a global festival of events the Women in Tech Week Lagos chapter will host a series of events aimed at sharing ideas amongst women around tech entrepreneurship and leadership.

Date: 18 September, 5pm to 7pm
Location: NG_Hub by Facebook and Zone Tech Park, 8 Montgomery Rd, Sabo yaba, Lagos, Plot 9, Gbagada Industrial Scheme, Gbagada Expressway, Lagos

Health innovation thought leadership talk session

Join a panel of health experts and thought leaders as they discuss health innovation in Nigeria.

Those on the panel include Ife Adebayo, special assistant to the Vice-President of Nigeria on Innovation & Entrepreneurship, EpiAFRIC CEO and Nigeria Health Watch director of policy and advocacy Dr Ifeanyi Nsofor, as well as Redbridge Healthcare Group CEO Dr Henri Onyemachi

Date: 20 September, 5pm to 7.30pm
Location: Civic Innovation Lab (Civic Hall), 50 Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Beside H-Medix Pharmacy, Wuse II, Abuja

CFA’s Startups Hangout

A uniquely conceived, informal session brought to you by Each session enables startups connect with successful entrepreneurs and top executives who have garnered tons of experiences that money simply can’t buy.

Date: 20 September, 5pm to 8pm
Location:, 53 Oladipo Bateye Road, Off Adekunle Fajuyi way, GRA, Ikeja

Lagos Innovating Justice Conference

The event brings together people at the top of their game in the legal and justice sector, in and outside of Nigeria, to address how the Nigerian justice system could be improved, and to tackle ways to make justice more user-friendly in Nigeria, by combining data and innovation.

Date: 21 September, 9.30am to 5pm
Location: Landmark Centre, Plot 2&3, Water Corporation Road, Victoria Island Annex, Lagos

VR Application hands-on session

Curious about and using virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology in innovative ways. This will be an intense session to provide you more learning and development opportunity.

Date: 22 September, 10am to 12pm
Location: Ken Saro-Wiwa Innovation Hub, 24 Aggrey Road, Port Harcourt

Startup Grind Lagos edtech meetup

Startup Grind Lagos in collaboration with Injini will be showcasing three edtech startups that are part of the edtech incubator’s current cohort:  Slatecube, Bluebic, and ScholarX.

Date: 22 September, 3pm to 5pm
Location: Cranium One, 1 Towry Close, Off Idejo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos


Innovating Justice Conference

During the conference, entrepreneurs will pitch their justice innovations, after which the best innovation will be selected and reviewed by a jury.

Selected innovations will be assessed by a jury who will then advise on who wins the Innovating Justice Awards and acceleration funding worth over €20 000.

Date: 21 September, 4pm to 8pm
Location: iHub, Senteu Plaza, Galana Road, Lenana Road Junction, Nairobi

Women in tech week: Entrepreneurial growth and scale day

Join women from around the world as they come together to network, share and empower each other to improve and push forward Africa’s technology growth agenda. Throughout the week, at events like this women in tech will interrogate the different aspects of growth for leadership and technology.

Date: 21 September, 5pm to 8.30pm
Location: The American Corner, Moi University, Moi Ave, Nairobi


Traction Camp Workshop

How investment ready is your startup? What can startup founders do to improve the chances of getting investment? How can you best answer the funding questions of Investors? Join this session hosted by iHub in partnership with Buni Hub.

Date: 20 September, 4pm to 6pm
Location: Buni Hub, Sayansi Bulding, Costech, Dar es Salaam

Featured image: Attendees at a Startup Grind Cape Town event in January ( Startup Grind Cape Town via Facebok)



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